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Rock & Soul
Mon-Sat, 9:30am-7pm; Sun, closed
Nearby Subway Stops
B, D, F, M, N, Q, R at 34th St.-Herald Sq.; A, C, E at 34th St.-Penn Station; 1, 2, 3 at 34th St.-Penn Station
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Shirley Bechor’s business didn’t feel a thing after she once booted out Q-Tip for taking vinyl out of the plastic. Her crowded record store, family-owned and operated since the seventies, is too much of an institution to be rocked by such an isolated incident. Frequented by the likes of Spike Lee, Nelly Furtado, and (once) the entire Wu-Tang Clan, Rock & Soul stocks a righteous selection of break beat, R&B, house, hip-hop, gospel, and rap on vinyl—including seven-inch—that keeps aficionados, both well known and otherwise, coming back. If you can peel yourself away from the bounty of records, the front room also stocks top-of-the-line D.J. equipment for rent and for sale.Extra
Rock & Soul hosts annual D.J. battling competitions with celebrity judges, such as longtime customer Funkmaster Flex. Companies like Pioneer, Akai, Numark, Rane, and Stanton sponsor monthly demonstrations of new D.J. equipment.